No cooking appetizer and salad

Joined Oct 1, 2009
Hello everyone,

Need some suggestion for no cooking appetizer, salad & dessert varities with easy available things.

Any ideas :rolleyes:

Joined Feb 1, 2007
Are you saying you don't want to cook, or that everything has to be raw? Can make a difference.

For instance, pre-cooked shrimp are readily available, and can be used in numerous appies and salads. But that won't work if everything has to be raw.

Meanwhile, here's a salad idea that seems to sit well with everyone I've served it to:

Tomato Cuke Salad

1 med cucumber, peeled and cut into 2" julliene strips
1 large tomato, cut in julliene strips
Extra virgin olive oil
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pinch coarse (kosher) salt
Pinch cumin seeds, toasted and coarsely crushed

Toss the tomato and cucumber together. Portion onto salad plates. Drizzle with olive oil, followed by a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with salt and cumin seeds.

If desired, some halved black or purple olives can be scattered in with the other veggies before dressing.
Joined Jul 3, 2009
I think a nice cheese plate goes a long way. I always have a wedge of romano or parmesan, brie and mozzarella. I chop some fresh basil and sprinkle over the mozzarella chunks. I serve with mini toasts or a sesame flatbread cracker.

...Or you could make bruschetta (tomato diced, basil, garlic, balsamic and olive oil). A white bean caper crostini too (cannellini beans, capers, red onion, white wine vinegar and lots of pepper).
Joined Feb 26, 2007
Any sort of sandwich you like for starter. Lots of threads here about them, lots of links too.

Or an antipasto platter.

Salad - tinned pickled beetroot sliced fine, with walnuts and a horseradish sauce dressing, prettied up with some micro-greens. Plain/peppered crackers to go with.

Greek salads are tasty and easy.

Dessert - Fruit and cheese board I agree is a winner.
Banana split lol (you can tell I'm not good at desserts)
Eton mess
Fruit fool (e.g strawberry, raspberry, blueberry etc)


Joined Dec 14, 2006
Two things that always disappear:

Cherry or grape tomatoes stuffed with lobster salad.

Celery logs piped with cream cheese/blue cheese mixture.
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